Visa-free cruises between Helsinki and St Petersburg


The Russian-owned shipping company, St Peter Line, plans to begin operating a regular ferry route between Helsinki and St Petersburg in April 2010, Ilta-Sanomat reported. The company's ferry, Princess Maria, will ply the route five times per week. The ship has 600 cabins, and can carry over 1,600 passengers and some 400 cars. St Peter Line expects to carry as many as 500,000 passengers on the route yearly. Cruise tourists can stay in Russia for three days without a visa.

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  1. A step in the right direction… The more the better. Could you imagine if they removed the visa altogether and Ryanair puts flights into Russia. Boom Boom, more tourists, more people spending money better than the few roubles received on visas. Reduce the price and more will come.

  2. Surely it’s a lot cheaper to get a visa, then drive from Helsinki to St Petersburg. It’s only about 160 miles. Or wait till the Baltic freezes in winter, then drive straight across ;)

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